Submitted by Brenda Zack
|Theme:||Get into spiritual shape|
|Object:||Any exercise item such as barbells or jump rope, milk, pillow|
|Scripture:||Physical exercise has some value, but spiritual exercise is much more important, for it promises a reward in both this life and the next. 1 Timothy 4:8|
Happy New Year Everyone! Who can tell me what a new year’s resolution is? (a promise to do something new or differently that year) Did anyone make a new year’s resolution? The resolution that the most people make is to get into shape.
So let’s talk about how we get into shape. There are three main things…1. exercise, 2. eat right – what is good for you 3. get proper rest I brought all some of the things I use to get into shape. (weights for exercise, milk, pillow show how some are used)
Did you know the bible talks about exercise? This is what it says…
"Physical exercise has some value, but spiritual exercise is much more important, for it promises a reward in both this life and the next." (1 Timothy 4:8) It is fine to exercise – it will help you in this life but if you spiritual exercise – practice what God tells that will benefit you now and in heaven.
The Bible also talks about milk. This is what it says…
"Be like a newborn babies, always thirsty for the spiritual milk, so that by drinking it you may grow up and be saved." (1 Peter 2:2)
Last let’s talk about rest. What did God do on the after he created heaven and earth on the seventh day? He rested. There are so many references in the Bible telling us we are to have a Sabbath of rest. That is so important! God not only wants us to rest, he demands that we stop work and rest for him.
So let me show you some things to help me get into spiritual shape. I have my Bible and a devotional book and the book I am reading for my Sunday School class; this will give me the spiritual nourishment so I can do some spiritual exercising. I have my calendar here to remind me to rest marked on Sunday.
So today’s lesson for the New Year is to “Get into Shape!
Let’s pray: Dear Lord, You provide us all we need to get into spiritual shape. Help us to make that our promise to you. Help us to provide these children with the spiritual nourishment and exercise they need to be saved. Amen.
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